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    Quote Originally Posted by MRJ View Post
    Agreed. The more the merrier.

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    Thanks for the welcome and I am sure you guys were concerned but don't worry Coach Trachsel has me on speed-dial for advice!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hrothgar View Post
    Improved defense is vital, but the most important aspect of all is pitching. As the Twins proved in baseball, you can't win big-time without big-time power pitching, or as Allister put it repeatedly "depth in circle." It'll be interesting to see how the Gophers do in the circle against tough competition.
    I absolutely agree. I read an article during the softball season last year about how a starting fastpitch pitcher is the most valuable player in team sports because she can pitch no often and be so dominating. Allister having Moulton and then Sara G. tilts a lot of things in our favor during the last several years. Does Trachsel have a replacement for that kind of production? I have no idea but the difference between good and great will be in the circle. This team is loaded offensively but will need pitching to win some games when the hitters aren't producing. If we are winning B1G games 13-7 I will be worried going into the post-season. If we are winning 6-1 or 5-0 I will be much less concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComoGopher View Post
    Thanks for the welcome and I am sure you guys were concerned but don't worry Coach Trachsel has me on speed-dial for advice!
    Lol! Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComoGopher View Post
    I absolutely agree. I read an article during the softball season last year about how a starting fastpitch pitcher is the most valuable player in team sports because she can pitch no often and be so dominating. Allister having Moulton and then Sara G. tilts a lot of things in our favor during the last several years. Does Trachsel have a replacement for that kind of production? I have no idea but the difference between good and great will be in the circle. This team is loaded offensively but will need pitching to win some games when the hitters aren't producing. If we are winning B1G games 13-7 I will be worried going into the post-season. If we are winning 6-1 or 5-0 I will be much less concerned.
    You're right, in my opinion. There's nothing I'd love more than to see this Gophers team win big in the NCAA. But the last 3 years they've had only one pitcher who could compete against top-10 NCAA teams, and she was overworked, as she herself stated at one point in the 2017 season. They had to rely on Sara G. to beat New Mexico State, NDSU, and Louisiana Tech in elimination games in the Regionals and then hope she could come back the next day to beat a top team. But that's over now. In the future, ever better recruits in the circle will be the key. They won't need good pitching; it'll take superior pitching.

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    Areneson at SS both games today. Jensen in left. Chell DP in game #1. Rozelle catching game #2.

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    Briefly checked in on twitter to see what happened today.

    See the ladies swept NDSU 6-2 and 6-3. Tomorrow, it's UMD for two.

    Also saw that Smith pitched a complete game in game two.

    Just wondering if anything else noteworthy took place against the Bison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRJ View Post
    Briefly checked in on twitter to see what happened today.

    See the ladies swept NDSU 6-2 and 6-3. Tomorrow, it's UMD for two.

    Also saw that Smith pitched a complete game in game two.

    Just wondering if anything else noteworthy took place against the Bison.
    Coach played the starters for almost the whole first game and into the second. Since we have been having this outfield talk I thought it was significant that Jensen, Wagner, and Houlihan were the outfielders today. Chell and Krueger were the DPs today. I know there was discussion about Dwyer possibly moving to DP so in an odd way I think the Chell/Krueger thing is significant. They are either competing for the DP spot or the RF spot if Maddie moves to 1B and Syd is the DP. Jensen hit the ball fine slapping today and laid down a nice drag bunt for a base hit. I think she is the leader for the LF job.

    Smith makes the defense play defense. NDSU hit the ball hard against her but the defense was solid. Arneson made several really nice plays as did Parlich at 3B and Brandt at 3B in the second game. Partain had an ugly error at 2B and also covered on a stolen base and whiffed when trying to catch the throw-down. Rozelle had a nice basehit and played catcher in the second game. She could be a wildcard.

    Gill, Kemmetmueller, and Cowger played as pinch runners. Gill looked fast,

    I think that Lowary, Thompson, Bailey, and Miller did not play. Miller might have had an AB but she spent a lot of time warming up pitchers in the bullpen. Bailey warmed up and did not pitch. Parents were talking and Lowary is cleared to throw but they are taking it slowly with her. Thompson has a minor injury and will probably sit out tomorrow as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComoGopher View Post
    Coach played the starters for almost the whole first game and into the second. Since we have been having this outfield talk I thought it was significant that Jensen, Wagner, and Houlihan were the outfielders today. Chell and Krueger were the DPs today. I know there was discussion about Dwyer possibly moving to DP so in an odd way I think the Chell/Krueger thing is significant. They are either competing for the DP spot or the RF spot if Maddie moves to 1B and Syd is the DP. Jensen hit the ball fine slapping today and laid down a nice drag bunt for a base hit. I think she is the leader for the LF job.

    Smith makes the defense play defense. NDSU hit the ball hard against her but the defense was solid. Arneson made several really nice plays as did Parlich at 3B and Brandt at 3B in the second game. Partain had an ugly error at 2B and also covered on a stolen base and whiffed when trying to catch the throw-down. Rozelle had a nice basehit and played catcher in the second game. She could be a wildcard.

    Gill, Kemmetmueller, and Cowger played as pinch runners. Gill looked fast,

    I think that Lowary, Thompson, Bailey, and Miller did not play. Miller might have had an AB but she spent a lot of time warming up pitchers in the bullpen. Bailey warmed up and did not pitch. Parents were talking and Lowary is cleared to throw but they are taking it slowly with her. Thompson has a minor injury and will probably sit out tomorrow as well.
    Thanks for the update!

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    A big crowd there today for the first game. Defensively it was basically the same as yesterday in the first game. Smith and Brandt pitched the first game and then Fiser/Bailey in the second game. Velasquez was the DP in the first game and looked decent at the plate. A bunch of different girls in the OF. Brandt played at 3B, SS, and 1B. The second game today a lot of girls played in the field.

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    I see that the Fastpitch issue today has a feature on Jessica Allister at Stanford. I didn't bother to read it; I don't really care what she's doing there. Even though she was bettering her career (in her opinion anyway) by leaving for Stanford, I feel she betrayed the really fine athletes she recruited to MN, caring more for herself than them. That act has greatly lessened my admiration for her. Maybe a mercenary younger generation sees it differently, but I have prefer the commitment of Carol Hutchins at Michigan, who has stuck it out there through thick and thin for many years. Having said that, I notice in the Gophers' fall games that the new coaching staff has discipline and a professional approach. These unexpected changes sometimes take strange turns, and I suspect the Gophers may fare even better from now on under Jamie Trachsel; I notice that the players are listening when she speaks. That's a great sign. The people I admire most of all are the players themselves, who stuck with the program, when they must have been taken by surprise and could have left. To me that's loyalty. If their pitching works out this spring, they could do very well indeed. I just hope the excellent recruiting continues in the future. I'm hoping for the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hrothgar View Post
    I see that the Fastpitch issue today has a feature on Jessica Allister at Stanford. I didn't bother to read it; I don't really care what she's doing there. Even though she was bettering her career (in her opinion anyway) by leaving for Stanford, I feel she betrayed the really fine athletes she recruited to MN, caring more for herself than them. That act has greatly lessened my admiration for her. Maybe a mercenary younger generation sees it differently, but I have prefer the commitment of Carol Hutchins at Michigan, who has stuck it out there through thick and thin for many years. Having said that, I notice in the Gophers' fall games that the new coaching staff has discipline and a professional approach. These unexpected changes sometimes take strange turns, and I suspect the Gophers may fare even better from now on under Jamie Trachsel; I notice that the players are listening when she speaks. That's a great sign. The people I admire most of all are the players themselves, who stuck with the program, when they must have been taken by surprise and could have left. To me that's loyalty. If their pitching works out this spring, they could do very well indeed. I just hope the excellent recruiting continues in the future. I'm hoping for the best.
    I feel the same way.

    I understand the players, administrators and some of the fans wishing her all the best and so forth, but the fact is she bolted as soon as the Stanford job opened. She couldn't have ran away any faster if you had fired her out of a cannon.

    Like you, I couldn't care less about her at Stanford. For that matter, I couldn't care less if she ever even returns to the state of Minnesota for any reason.

    From her perspective, I understand it's a great opportunity. Probably the same way Trachsel felt about leaving Iowa State for Minnesota. And I don't blame Iowa State fans if they feel the same way about Trachsel as I do about Allister.

    It's just one of those things that's complicated. She felt she did what was best for her, and in reality, that's fine. I get it; just part of the business. With that being the case, I would simply say "thanks for your hard-work" and then tell her to get out of here as fast as possible.

    But at the end of the day, I only care about the Gophers' success and Allister made her call. Therefore, she could win every game at Stanford or lose every game and I wouldn't care either way.

    To me, Allister is the past.

    Our future is with coach Trachsel and the really good team that we have.

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    I just don't foster any ill will towards Coach Allister. If it was any other school, I think I would wonder why but I have a tough time finding fault in her leaving to go coach at her alma mater.

    I hope Trachsel can be really successful this year and keep momentum going in recruiting. I have no doubt that she is a capable coach and I don't worry about Piper and pitchers although Fiser looked to be the only dominant pitcher. Smith and Brandt both allow some hard hit balls but the defense is good and both looked solid. It is hard to read in a scrimmage game but I thought Brandt looked every bit as good as Smith which to me is a huge positive. I think Brandt was clocking about 65 MPH when throwing hard and she had a nice off-speed about 52 MPH. Too early to tell with Bailey and of course Lowary has been out so we have no idea what we get with her.

    It looks like a smaller class coming in this year and I heard someone say that Trachsel thinks a 22 player roster is too big although with 20 allowed to travel I would venture that 22 is a good safety net against injuries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComoGopher View Post
    I just don't foster any ill will towards Coach Allister. If it was any other school, I think I would wonder why but I have a tough time finding fault in her leaving to go coach at her alma mater.

    I hope Trachsel can be really successful this year and keep momentum going in recruiting. I have no doubt that she is a capable coach and I don't worry about Piper and pitchers although Fiser looked to be the only dominant pitcher. Smith and Brandt both allow some hard hit balls but the defense is good and both looked solid. It is hard to read in a scrimmage game but I thought Brandt looked every bit as good as Smith which to me is a huge positive. I think Brandt was clocking about 65 MPH when throwing hard and she had a nice off-speed about 52 MPH. Too early to tell with Bailey and of course Lowary has been out so we have no idea what we get with her.

    It looks like a smaller class coming in this year and I heard someone say that Trachsel thinks a 22 player roster is too big although with 20 allowed to travel I would venture that 22 is a good safety net against injuries.
    To be honest, I'm not really all that worried about pitching.

    Ritter, as has been mentioned, is amongst the best coaches in the country. Fiser looks like she could become a dominant No. 1, and if Brandt and Smith can complement her, this has the makings of being a really good staff.

    Also nice that none of the three are seniors, so they'll have some time to learn and grow together while also challenging one-another.

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    I don't have any doubt about the quality of coaching. The key is recruiting superior players ongoing, if they aspire to compete at a level even higher than the Big Ten. Not an easy task, but it can be done. They've come a long way, and need to keep improving.

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    http://www.gophersports.com/sports/w...101117aaa.html

    Oct. 11, 2017


    OKLAHOMA CITY - Minnesota sophomore Kendyl Lindaman found her name among the 56 athletes to accept an invitation to participate in the 2018 USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp. The camp will be held January 1-5, 2018 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla.

    Lindaman will be vying for a spot on the 2018 USA Softball Women's National Team (WNT) roster who will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's World Championship in Chiba, Japan August 2-12, 2018, the World Cup of Softball XIII and other select events. During the selection process, athletes will participate in drills as well as simulated games to be evaluated by the USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Committee.

    Lindaman in her freshman year for the Maroon and Gold posted a team best batting average (.426), slugging percentage (.899), on-base percentage (.598), RBI (76), walks (63) and home runs (20). On top of setting a new single-season record for home runs, she also earned eight Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards setting a Big Ten single-season record. The Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Year was also named a NFCA First-Team All-American and named Division I NFCA Sports Diamond Catcher of the Year.

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